An updated checklist of avifauna of coastal wetland complex, Karachi, Pakistan. - M.J. Haider, A. Rauf. - Berkut. 20 (1-2). 2011. - P. 17-21.
Present study was carried out to collect qualitative data on the avifauna of coastal wetland complex of Karachi, Pakistan. The data collected on monthly basis during May, 2010 to April, 2011 was compared with past available records. A total of 73 bird species including six new bird species: Large Sand Plover, Great Black-headed Gull, Green Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Dalmatian Pelican and Rosy Pelican were recorded, while thirteen previously reported species including Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Flamingo and some rare birds such as Velvet Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser were not recorded in the present study. It is suggested that this change in the species composition of the area is due to alterations in the microhabitat of birds caused by pollution of Lyari River, Tasman Spirit oil spill and adverse effects of leisure activities over a period of a decade. [English].
Key words: fauna, count, number, bird conservation.
Address: A. Rauf, Department of Zoology, Govt. Superior Science College, Shah Faisal Colony, Karachi, Pakistan; e-mail: